Category : Peoples' Movements

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An Interview with Anjum Zamarud Habib, a Writer and Political Activist from Kashmir

“There is a saying, men wage war and women suffer. There cannot be any valour in violence against or rape of a woman,” said Anjum Zamarud Habib, a writer and a political activist from Kashmir. GroundXero talked to her on 16th February at the People’s Literary Festival, Kolkata. She discussed about her writings, prisoners’ rights, […]


Sikkim Govt Arrests Teachers for demanding Regularisation

Protesting Executive Members of the All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers Association are under police custody as an FIR has been lodged against them. Raju Chetri‘s report.     The teachers had earlier gone to the police station to lodge an FIR as they were being defamed on social media. One of the facebook accounts had described […]


Interview with Hafiz Ahmed, who sparked the Miya Poetry Movement in Assam

Hafiz Ahmed is a social activist and a poet who penned ‘Write Down I Am A Miya’. The poem went viral on Facebook and sparked the Miya poetry movement, which is, as Hafiz Ahmed says, about asserting the demand for rights and dignity of Bengali Muslims in Assam. Sutanaya sits down for an interview with […]


Fire breaks out in Mahul

  Today morning 8’o clock, Mahul MHADA (Mumbai Housing and Area Development Authority) Building number 14 caught blazing fire, allegedly from an electricity short-circuit. The fire engulfed as many as 3 floors of the building, affecting 100 families (each floor with 34 flats). The people stuck in the fire were rescued by the residents of […]


আণ্ডা সেলে জি. এন. সাইবাবার শারীরিক অবস্থার আশঙ্কাজনক অবনতি

দিল্লি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের শিক্ষক জি. এন. সাইবাবাকে মহারাষ্ট্র পুলিশ ২০১৪ সালে গ্রেফতার করে, “নকশাল ভাবাদর্শ”-এ বিশ্বাস করার “অপরাধে” এবং ভারতীয় কম্যুনিস্ট পার্টি (মাওবাদী)-র সাথে সম্পর্ক রাখার অভিযোগে। ৯ই মে ২০১৪ তারিখে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে বাড়ি ফেরার পথে সাদা পোশাকের পুলিশ সাইবাবার গাড়ির চালককে গাড়ি থেকে জোর করে নামিয়ে দিয়ে শারীরিকভাবে ৯০% অক্ষম সাইকে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে তুলে নিয়ে […]


Remembering Dalit Panthers on the Death Anniversary of their First Martyr

10th January marks the martyrdom of Bhagwat Jhadhav, the first martyr of the Dalit Panthers Movement, a militant anti-caste  struggle that shook Maharashtra during the 70s. Like every year, several anti-caste, cultural organisations and political parties including the Kabir Kala Manch, Samta Kala Manch, Republican Panthers and the Republican Party of India organised meetings in […]


#2018: The Constitution and its Institutions face Intensified Attacks

GroundXero was launched on 14th April this year, on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, and looking forward to the Bengali new year that begun the next day. As 2018 in the Gregorian calendar draws to a close, we present some brief snapshots of the year that has been. For this first post in a series, we […]


Protestors in Thoothukudi were Shot to Kill, say Autopsy reports

After the recent order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommending the opening of Vedanta’s copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, a report by Reuters has once again brought the issue of police brutality to the forefront. It claims that 12 of the 13 protestors killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in May 2018 […]


Right to Education of Adivasi Children under Threat as Security Forces Occupy Schools in Khunti, Jharkhand

The Jharkhand Government has established security camps inside many primary schools and panchayat bhawans in several village in Khunti district of the state. The villagers and women’s rights activists allege that these camps have adversely affected the Right to Education of adivasi children. They have urged the state government, NHRC and NCST to relocate those […]


Mahul residents occupy Azad Maidan in Mumbai demanding Proper Rehabilitation

On the 50th day of their ongoing agitation demanding proper rehabilitation, Mahul residents marched to Azad Maidan in Mumbai and occupied it. As the sit-in continues despite threats from the police, the Maharashtra CM still refuses to meet with the protestors. Rohit Pandit and Aabha Joshi report from Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Rohit is one of […]


Evicted slum residents take out rally in Mumbai demanding Right to Housing on Int’l Human Rights Day

On 10th December, the International Human Rights day, the residents of Mahul in Mumbai, led by the children took out a rally from their dharna site next to the VidyaVihar Tansa pipeline, demanding right to life and right to housing. The ongoing dharna of thousands of people asking for relocation to proper rehabilitation quarters stepped […]


Whither the Farmers March? Looking For a Future Beyond Farmers Suicides and Agrarian Crisis

The militancy being shown by Indian farmers has successfully made the agrarian crisis into a central political agenda, but the question of big corporate capital, which is siphoning bulk of surplus from the agrarian sector, through policy decisions made by successive state and central governments was carefully avoided. An article by Subhashini.   The stock […]


Perpetuation of Unlawful Activities

The courts, by not intervening in the abuse of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, are becoming the legal instruments in the hands of the state to perpetuate unlawful activities. If civil liberties lawyers are targets of such laws, who will fight for the rights of the marginalised that the Chief Justice referred to? Padmaja Shaw asks. […]



Chandramukhi Muvvala, First Transwoman MLA Candidate in Telangana, Missing from Her Hyderabad Home since Morning, Feared Abducted

Chandramukhi Muvvala, the first and only transgender candidate contesting the assembly elections in Telangana, as a candidate for the CPIM-led Bahujan Left Front, had started her campaign yesterday, and has gone missing from her Hyderabad home today. Her friends suspect that she has been abducted, and are asking #WhereisChandramukhi ? A GroundXero report.   Chandramukhi […]